A Donor-Friendly Policy Director

With the news last month that Jeb Bush was hiring April Ponnuru–policy director for the Reformicon holding pen the YG Network, and yes, wife of Ramesh Ponnuru–it looked like he was seriously competing with fellow Floridian Marco Rubio for the mantle of appearing to be a “different kind of Republican.”

So now Jeb is about to hire his actual policy director, and it looks like there’s an influence on him that’s stronger than the wonks he listens to, per this report from National Review‘s Eliana Johnson:

Jeb Bush will in the coming days name Justin Muzinich the policy director of his likely 2016 presidential campaign, according to multiple sources. Muzinich, who holds an undergraduate degree and an MBA from Harvard and a law degree from Yale, has spent his career in finance, first at Morgan Stanley, where he worked in mergers and acquisitions, and then at the hedge fund EMS Capital. He currently serves as vice chairman of Muzinich & Co., the New York City investment firm.

I guess it’s possible than in his spare time Muzinich has developed a dazzling, um, portfolio of writings on health care or the Middle East, but sure looks like policy is going to follow the money in JebLand.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.